by Scott Creighton
The protracted and sustained bombing of a Doctors Without Borders hospital in the Afghan city of Kunduz was a war-crime. The UN’s High Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, is calling for a full, independent investigation into the attack.
Doctors Without Borders had angrily reacted to news of the bombing on Saturday, saying that they had repeatedly informed all parties to the conflict of the hospital’s location, and that “sustained bombing,” of the facility continued for 30 minutes after the organization notified U.S. and Afghan military officials that a medical facility was being struck.
During the strikes, the hospital was repeatedly hit during each raid, while surrounding buildings were left mostly untouched, according to a BBC report.
“The bombs hit and then we heard the plane circle round,” Heman Nagarathnam, Doctors Without Borders’ head of programs in northern Afghanistan, told the agency.
“There was a pause, and then more bombs hit. This happened again and again. When I made it out from the office, the main hospital building was engulfed in flames. Those people that could had moved quickly to the building’s two bunkers to seek safety,” he added. IBT
Even if this was a medical facility specifically serving Taliban fighters (which it was not), targeting it is a direct violation of international law and the Geneva conventions. The fact that 3 children were killed along with the 16 others during the US attack on the hospital proves that the hospital served the people of Kunduz and not just Taliban fighters.
In a statement, Doctors Without Borders said 19 people were killed at the hospital including 12 staff members and seven patients, three of them children. The 37 wounded included 19 staff members. ABC
What’s happening in Afghanistan is the same thing that happened in Iraq. The people were sick of being ruled by the corrupt puppet regime we set in place after our prolonged occupation of the country and thus the climate for revolution was perfect for a group to rise up against their government.
In Iraq it was the General Military Council for Iraqi Revolutionaries (not “ISIS”)
In Afghanistan, it’s the Taliban.
Chayes has since moved back to the U.S. to work as a senior associate in the Democracy and Rule of Law Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. I asked her a few questions about Kunduz and the future of Iraq, and she noted that this isn’t the first time the coalition has accidentally slaughtered civilians in Kunduz, with devastating political repercussions. Ryan Grim
They are already trying to put the blame for this “accident” on the Afghani government.The US is “investigating” the incident.
President Peace Prize has apologized on behalf of you and me and he and his manly wife are praying for the people of Afghanistan.
“On behalf of the American people, I extend my deepest condolences to the medical professionals and other civilians killed and injured in the tragic incident”
“Michelle and I offer our thoughts and prayers to all of the civilians affected by this incident, their families, and loved ones.” PPP
He can keep his apologies from me. I had nothing to do with it. I didn’t even vote for the asshole. As far as his prayers are concerned, the only thing he worships is Mammon so I don’t know how those prayers go, but again, it’s a pretty worthless gesture if you ask me.
You can expect the same resolution here in Afghanistan that they attempted in Iraq and that is replace the old puppet with a new one while going in with more troops and trying to wipe out the new uprising.
The bombing achieved it’s goal. Doctors Without Borders has left the area.
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